Windswept heathland, ancient oak combes and a craggy coastline can all be discovered on rural self-catering holidays in West Bagborough. This tiny Somerset village lies on the southwest slopes of the Quantock Hills, five miles north of Taunton. Take a wander from your West Bagborough holiday cottage and you will pass rows of red-sandstone homes and a village hall. There is also a lovely 16th century pub, the Rising Sun, with beamed ceilings, a cosy bar and a piano room, and serving a selection of dishes prepared with local ingredients. (The steaks are particularly good.) There is also a dining room in the rafters of the building with beautiful views across the countryside, all the way to Exmoor.

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For such a small community, West Bagborough has many striking historic landmarks, including the church of St Pancras. Dating from the 15th century, it stands outside the village, on a hilltop – a distance which has been attributed to the Black Death, which killed many villagers in the 14th century. Nearby, Bagborough House is a listed country home built in 1739. At the northern edge of West Bagborough there is a car park, from which a scenic footpath ascends Lydeard Hill, providing breathtaking views across the region. West Bagborough holiday cottages are popular among visitors who want to discover the Quantock Hills. The hills run for 15 miles from the Vale of Taunton Dean in the south to Kilve and West Quantoxhead on the Bristol Channel coast. With its oak woodlands, ancient parkland, heath and farmland, the region is a paradise for hiking and other outdoor activities. There are many beautiful walking routes, including the Coleridge Way, where red deer and wild ponies can be spotted. A short drive southward from West Bagborough, Taunton is a charming town with graceful architecture and a variety of independent shops to explore.